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Published December 21, 2012, 09:27 PM

A group gathers in Valley City for an end of the world celebration

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- It may be the last time to celebrate before the end of the world hits and a group in Valley City is making it a night to remember.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- It may be the last time to celebrate before the end of the world hits and a group in Valley City is making it a night to remember.

Tonight A Valley City State Professor held a winter solstice ceremony just in case the sun does not rise tomorrow. December 21st 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar. For some that means doomsday or maybe just a myth...

But for others, they drove from all over the state to Valley City, for one last chance to celebrate surrounded by friends.

Stickler: "It's why we're up here to say goodbye. These are close friends and we've really enjoyed living on this earth."

Dr. Joe Stickler has a plan...to go out in style. Making sure if the world does come to an end, he's ready. His song and dance have drawn people to Medicine Wheel Park in Valley City to witness the winter solstice, for what may be their last time.

Rande Knudson/Fargo: "I've never thought this was the end of the world hahaha"

Steven Shirley/Valley City State University President: "With all the hype and hoopla about end of world, we thought what better time than to take advantage of the Medicine Wheel Park."

A park Stickler built 20 years ago with his own hands. Hands now pointed to the sky spreading his passion to those gathered around him.

A fitting way, he says, to spend his final day.

Stickler: "A generation of students have come up here and help me build this so yeah, this would be fine"

And although some believe they'll see the sun rise again in the morning, it's a day in history that may light the way to a bright future.

Knudson: "I just believe if anything, it will be the beginning of a better time"

Stickler: "If it's not going to happen, then we're coming up here tomorrow for sunrise to celebrate the sunrise and the glory of the earth and that we're still all here"

Stickler says if tomorrow does come he invites everyone to meet back at Medicine Wheel Park at 8:15 Saturday morning.

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